Rock legends return to Hood River

Jamie Goetz’s Legends of Rock and Roll show blasts into Hood River on Saturday, Feb. 9, for two music-packed shows featuring world-class professional rock impersonators.

As it did when it delighted an audience of over 2,000 in Jackson Park, Jamie’s Legends of Rock show includes Buddy Holly, Billy Joel, the world’s best Elton John impersonator, Selena, and Steve Sagura as Elvis.

Hood River Valley High School music director Mark Steighner noted that Jamie’s show is one of the few professional acts that uses student musicians alongside seasoned professionals.

“The high school band and singers do some backing vocals and instrumentals,” said Steighner. “I think it’s exciting for them to be part of a professional, touring show. This will be our third show with the Legends, and they’re always great to work with.”

Goetz and the Legends of Rock have done over 20 shows in Oregon with high school musicians.

“Jamie is really supportive of school music programs,” said Steighner. “So are the Legends acts. They seem to value young talent.”

The Legends of Rock and Roll lineup changes for each show, drawing on a large stable of world-class talent.

For the upcoming shows, the program will include several new acts, including “piano man” Billy Joel, Latin pop sensation Selena, and the current reigning champion of Elvis impersonators, Steve Sagura, who has revamped his set to include Elvis’s version of “America the Beautiful.”

Steighner said that the original plan was to do an “All America” show, but when Joel (Elton John) became available, the program changed a bit.

“Joel is a great guy to work with. He’s a real audience pleaser, and an outstanding musician,” Steighner said. “Elton was a big hit when the Legends did a scaled down show in Jackson Park last summer as part of the park series.”

The Legends show is family entertainment, and it’s also a fund-raiser for the Hood River Valley Chamber Singers’ tour to Ireland in March. All the ticket proceeds go directly to the music department and the tour fund.

“Without a doubt, this is our biggest and most important fund-raiser for the tour. We really hope the community will come out, enjoy the shows, and support the kids,” Steighner said.

Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $6 for children 12 and under, and $13 for VIP seating.

“We are hoping to include a little something extra for the VIP seats, too, like pictures with the stars or autographs.”

Tickets are available at the high school, Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia River Music in The Dalles, and at the door.

There are two shows, both with the same program. The first show is at 3:30 p.m., with the second show at 7:30 p.m.

A Portland-area DJ will emcee the show and music.

Parents will be providing refreshments.

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